Common Types of Personal Injuries in California
The most common types of personal injuries in California are motorcycle and truck accidents, workplace accidents, and premises liability.
Truck Accidents: Depending on the circumstances of the crash, truck accident injuries can vary from moderate to catastrophic. Take a look at these common injuries sustained as a result of truck accidents. The NHTSA (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has confirmed that in 2019 there were an estimated 159,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks.
Of those crashes:
- 69% (110,000) were occupants of other vehicles
- 29% (46,000) were occupants of large trucks
- 3% (4,000) were nonoccupants (pedestrians, cyclists, etc.)
Some common truck accident injuries may include traumatic brain injury (TBI), mild traumatic brain injury, whiplash, broken or fractured bones, spinal cord injury, contusion or bruising, lacerations, paralysis, seat belt injuries, collar bone injuries, back injuries, soft tissue injuries, and/or fatalities (wrongful death).
Motorcycle Accidents: According to the most recent available data, 5,115 people have died and 79,000 have been injured since 2019 due to motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles represent only 3% of all types of vehicles registered in the U.S. and actually only account for 0.6% of miles driven by all vehicles.
Even though the total number of motorcycles, 8.6 million, registered in the U.S. is far less compared to the 263.8 million other motor vehicles registered in this country, they actually account for 14% of all traffic fatalities, 17% of passenger fatalities or occupant deaths, and 3% of all injuries.
What Should I Do Next?
Looking for an attorney in connection to your personal injury case is probably the most important thing you can do next to taking photos at the scene, and preserving evidence about your injuries and what happened, which are obviously very important things to do.
But then what? What you can do with that information and how you are going to use it to your advantage is likely going to be done with an attorney, specifically, an accident attorney who specializes in the field of what your case is. Whether it’s a family law case, a personal injury case, or a civil rights case, you want somebody who is extremely experienced and who focuses on the area of practice that your case is about right now.
The most common way people find an attorney would be by a referral, like a friend or family member, who says, “Oh, I know a lawyer”. Which is fine – but only as long as that lawyer is experienced in that specific practice area. For example, your friend might know a Family Law lawyer, but he cannot really help you in the event where you have a Civil Rights Case, or an Employment Claim, or if you have sustained a truck or motorcycle injury.
Therefore, while it is helpful to seek referrals from people you know and trust, do take special care to note what area of law this person or firm specializes in, to decide if they are relevant to what you need.
The other way people are finding lawyers nowadays would be just based on online reviews like Yelp reviews and Google reviews. This is largely reliant on how a lawyer or a law firm markets themselves – whether or not they invest in building an online presence or spend money making sure they look good on the internet when you search for their name.
However, you are not looking for somebody who is really good at marketing. You are looking for somebody who is really experienced in going to trial, adept at preparing a case, who is convincing when arguing in front of a jury, and ruthless at cross-examining a defense expert. Just because someone is a good marketer does not mean they are good at these types of tasks.
Some lawyers and firms look really legit because they have over one hundred positive Google reviews or Yelp reviews. However, it does not really mean they can give you what you are looking for. So what do you do now?